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November 2015

Des Bilske (Deputy Chair), Brian Millar. James Charteris-Hough, Peter Clinnick,
Nicola Melville, Gary Saliba (CEO), Jennifer Weller (Chair) and Karen Gardner

Welcome to our first newsletter with all our Committee Members on board!

I’m very excited to introduce you to the team that has been handpicked to cover the areas that we believe are vital for the growth and development of our people, our businesses and our region.

The Committee Members are:

  • Des Bilske (Deputy Chair)
  • Nicola Melville
  • Peter Clinnick
  • Brian Millar
  • James Charteris-Hough
  • Karen Gardner
  • Laura Chanter (not pictured)
Our Committee will cover the areas of significance in our region such as Agribusiness, Education, Health, Youth Issues, Arts, Transport & Logistics, Leadership Development and Environment

Detailed information on the Committee Members can be found on the link - Committee Members

Our first task is to complete the transport infrastructure project for the State Government looking at transport routes to markets, impediments to movement and an Intermodal hub at Tocumwal.

Gary and I have been out visiting as many as we can to see what things are keeping you awake at night and what ideas you have for the future. If we have not seen you yet and you would like to catch up please give the office a call so we can organise something.

We also have some exciting things happening in the agribusiness space which I will update you next time.


Murray Riverina Business Awards

RDA Murray CEO Dr Gary Saliba, Chair Jennifer Weller and Financial Controller & Team Leader Skilled Migration Johnson Managalath attended the Murray Riverina Business Awards 2015 in Albury.

The Murray-Riverina Business Awards celebrate and recognise business excellence in the Murray-Riverina region.

The 2015 Winners  were announced at the Murray-Riverina Business Awards in Albury.

Taking in the areas of Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Albury and the surrounding areas, the Murray-Riverina Business Awards celebrate business excellence across a number of diverse areas of NSW.

Winners from each category in the Murray-Riverina Business Awards proceed as finalists to the NSW Business Chamber State Awards, to be announced at the State Gala Dinner on 27 November 2015 in Sydney.

Take part in the Regional Wellbeing Survey 2015

For a chance to win one of 16 prizes worth a total of $7000

Regional and rural Australians are encouraged to take part in the Regional Wellbeing Survey 2015. This survey will produce important information about the wellbeing of rural and regional Australians and of the communities they live in.

To do the survey online go to, or call 1800 981 499 to request a hard copy.

The health and wellbeing of people living in rural and regional areas is a critical issue for the future of Australia. Researchers at the University of Canberra are surveying thousands of people across rural and regional Australia to build a better understanding of the wellbeing of rural communities, and of how changes to agriculture and natural resource management may affect their wellbeing.

This survey is different to others, as the results will be made publicly available, and the researchers will produce results for every community where they receive more than 100 survey responses. This means the survey will provide a publicly available resource that, community groups, farming organisations and local councils can draw on.

The survey is open until midnight 1st December 2015. Everyone who completes the survey, and is aged 18 or over, can enter a draw to win one of 16 prizes worth a total of $7,000. For further details on the terms and conditions of the prize draw please go

NSW Department of Industry launches New Corporate Plan

The NSW Department of Industry announced its 2015-2019 Corporate Plan, which is driven by five strategic priorities that set out the department’s direction and focus for the next four years.
The Corporate Plan 2015-19 underpins the NSW state priorities to create at least 150,000 new jobs by supporting economic activity that strengthens the State's competitive advantage and promotes regional growth.
Strategic Priorities:


Nominate an outstanding woman!

Nominations are now open for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards which celebrate remarkable and inspiring women and acknowledge the contributions they make in NSW.

There are five statewide award categories:

  • The Premier’s Award recognises NSW women who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These women are exceptional achievers who have made a significant contribution to NSW and whose accomplishments make them a strong role model for other women.
  • Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award celebrates women from regional NSW who have made significant achievements in areas that are important to regional or rural communities.
  • The A.H. Beard Community Hero Award celebrates heroes and/or volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the community. These women are positive role models who inspire others to contribute to the community too.
  • Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award celebrates women aged 18 to 30 years who have excelled in their career or made a significant contribution to their community.
  • NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award awarded by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. This award is specifically for an Aboriginal woman who has provided leadership in reconciliation and building cohesion in the community.
Nominations close at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016.

For more details visit Women of the Year Awards


Why regional NSW is the best regional area in Australia to invest

This short animation from BusinessNSW  explains why regional NSW is such a great place to invest, given its strong jobs growth results compared to other States

New Grants and Funding

COMPACT: Community Partnership Action Grants

Application Closes: 18 December 2015


COMPACT encourages partnerships and collaboration between relevant community, non-government, youth, sports, arts/media, and educational organisations by providing grant funding for innovative, evidence based community projects.


COMPACT stands for Community, in Partnership, taking Action to safeguard Australia’s peaceful and harmonious way of life.

The Multicultural NSW COMPACT supports an alliance of community partners who are committed to addressing and resolving community issues and tensions and safeguarding Australia’s peaceful and harmonious way of life against extremist hate, violence and division.

COMPACT supports local solutions-based projects that bring young Australians together to promote positive behaviours and engage critically, creatively and constructively on local and global issues impacting on social cohesion and community harmony.

The program encourages partnerships that bring together grassroots organisations with larger well-established organisations and which can facilitate capacity building and cross-sector collaboration. The private sector is also encouraged to get involved as partners and contribute resources and expertise to community-based initiatives.

The NSW Government is seeking Expressions of Interest for partnership projects valued between $150,000 – $1,000,000 over the life of the project (1-4 years).

Partnership proposals must address one or more of the following objectives:

  1. To build on the strengths of our multicultural society to protect young people from hateful and violent extremist influences;
  2. To build community resilience to the impacts of extremist hate and violence on social cohesion and community harmony;
  3. To address and resolve issues and tensions in NSW arising from current overseas conflicts

Partnership proposals must address one or more of the following youth engagement categories:

  1. Sports and physical diversion: includes methods to engage young people, break down barriers, reinforce positive messages, and create support networks, mentoring opportunities and positive role models.
  2. Creative communications and “active” counter narratives: includes creative methods to produce and support credible, community generated, positive messages and active social alternatives to extremist hate and violence.
  3. Education & community awareness: includes methods to educate, raise awareness, facilitate dialogue,  enhance critical thinking, identify, monitor and reduce or resolve community conflict or tension.
  4. Families and intergenerational engagement: includes methods to engage and support young people, parents and families, address issues of intergenerational conflict, and build resilience at the family  level.
  5. Volunteering and humanitarian activity: includes methods to engage young people who are passionate about local and global issues and to channel that passion into constructive volunteering, civic, charity and humanitarian projects that can effect real positive change in individuals, local communities and the world.
Contact Details
COMPACT: Community Partnership Grants
Phone: 02 8255 6779

NSW Community Safety Fund

Application Closes: 22 January 2016


NSW Community Safety Fund​ to provide funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behaviour.


The NSW Department of Justice is administering this significant NSW Government grants program which provides $10 million over four years to improve community safety across NSW.

Applications for up to $250,000 are invited for innovative projects designed to prevent crime and fear of crime and help people feel safe and proud of their community. Non-government organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and businesses across NSW can apply for funding for capital works/infrastructure and service delivery projects which will:

  • address local crime hot spots
  • address anti-social behaviour in communities
  • promote safer and inclusive use of public space; and
  • promote collaborative approaches to community safety, crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.

The following groups are eligible to apply for funding under the NSW Community Safety Fund 2015/16 guidelines:

  • community groups;
  • non-government organisations;
  • not-for-profit organisations;
  • chambers of commerce; and
  • businesses seeking funding for projects that demonstrate community benefit.
Contact Details
Website: NSW Community Safety Fund​
Phone: 02 8688 8666

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